What is the future of social democracy in the age of globalization? The Swedish model, long the paradigm for socially responsible capitalism, was pronounced dead in the 1990s, but a new Swedish model has emerged and is thriving. Europeanisation and globalization were expected to erode social democracy, placing limits on the power of organized labour to negotiate with capital. Here Dimitris Tsarouhas shows why and how this did not happen. Tracing the emergence of the original model to its institutional and political origins, he garners rich empirical evidence to show the resilience of the fundamental nature of Swedish social democracy in the face of changing policies, institutions and labour relations. "Social Democracy in Sweden" is an important reassessment of European social democracy and the impact of globalization.
Dimitris Tsarouhas is Assistant Professor, Department of International Relations, at the Middle East Technical University in Ankara, Turkey. He teaches European integration, European social policy and political economy and has published on various aspects of contemporary politics, including Swedish labour politics, the European Social Dialogue and Europeanization.
List of Tables and Figures; Note on transliteration; Acknowledgements; 1. Introduction; 2. The Growth Years; 3. Decline: Labour Radicalism; 4. Demise: Employers' Radicalism; 5. Globalization and Europeanization; 6. The New Swedish Model; 7. Conclusion; Notes and References.